Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 16
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 3
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Release Date: Jul 28, 1939 Wide
Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 5,565
Goodbye, Mr. Chips, based on James Hilton's novel, is a melodrama about a shy British teacher named Mr. Chipping (Robert Donat) who devotes his life to teaching "his boys" after the death of his lovely, energetic American wife Katherine (Greer Garson). Told via flashbacks, the film features an aged Mr. Chipping looking back nostalgically at his long career, taking note of the people who've touched his life over the years. Donat was the recipient of a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the
Jul 28, 1939 Wide
Feb 3, 2004
MGM Home Entertainment
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Robert Donat at the peak of his skills... as moving today as it was upon its premiere.
Inspirational, touching, classic work with Robert Donat's Oscar winning performance.
Robert Donat gives a strong performance as a legendary school teacher in this sentimental tribute, which introduced to American audiences British actress Greer Garson.
A standard story delivered well with not many stylistic discretions, which gives it a timeless quality.
The original inspirational-teacher story, and a beloved valentine to classical education, tradition, and the English public boarding schools of a bygone era.
...should continue to provide pleasure for as long as people value characterization and heart above plot contrivances and technical effects.
Start with It's a Wonderful Life and take away Christmas and all the bad stuff that happens, and you've got this movie.
Not as cloying as you might think; Donat is engaging, and Greer Garson is simply luminous.
A fine central performance from Robert Donat
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